Zenit St Petersburg continued adding veteran depth to its roster, signing forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas on a one-year deal, the club announced on Monday. Kuzminskas (2.05 meters, 31 years old) arrives from Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar where he averaged 12.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists in the 7DAYS EuroCup, and also posted 14.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists in the VTB League action. Kuzminskas now returns to the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague where he has 164 appearances over nine seasons.
Kuzminskas has a career average of 8.0 points and 2.9 rebounds having played three seasons apiece with Zalgiris Kaunas and Unicaja Malaga, two seasons with AX Armani Exchange Milan, as well as six games with Olympiacos Piraeus at the start of the 2019-20 campaign before he joined Lokomotiv. He also spent the entire 2016-17 with New York of the NBA, averaging 6.3 points and 2.0 rebounds in 68 games. Kuzminskas started his pro career with Sakalai in Lithuania, also played for Siauliai, and is a member of the Lithuanian national team.
It's very nice to play in the EuroLeague again. Zenit is an excellent coach, professional club and very good teammates. It's usually very difficult for me to make decisions, but this time it was pretty easy. I am glad to join the team and I hope that BC Zenit will be able to achieve the highest goals in the new season.